The UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health


Dr Jennie Gamlin

Jennie Gamlin is Senior Research Fellow and medical anthropologist based in the Institute of Global Health since 2004. Positioned within the field of critical medical anthropology she takes a structural violence approach to exploring health from a gender perspective, and her current research interests include violence and masculinities in Latin America, maternal health and gender inequalities with indigenous communities and obstetric violence. She has lived and worked in Mexico for extended periods between 1995 and 2016 and is an honorary investigator at  CIESAS anthropology research institute in Mexico City. In 2019, she began a Wellcome Trust University Award for the project “Gender, health and the afterlife of colonialism: Engaging new problematisations to improve maternal and infant survival” for which she will collaborate with UCL History, CIESAS Occidente (Mexico) and coloniality and feminist scholars in the US, Canada and the UK.

Selected Papers

Gamlin, J. (2016). Huichol Migrant Laborers and Pesticides: Structural Violence and Cultural Confounders. Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

Gamlin, J. B., & Hawkes, S. J. (2015). Pregnancy and birth in an indigenous Huichol community: from structural violence to structural policy responses. Culture Health & Sexuality, 17 (1), 78-91. doi:10.1080/13691058.2014.950334

Gamlin, J. (2015). Violence and homicide in Mexico: a global health issue. The Lancet, 385 (9968), 605-606. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60234-3

Gamlin, J. (2014). Fresh fruit, broken bodies, migrant farmworkers in the United States. Anthropology & Medicine, 21 (3), 358-360. doi:10.1080/13648470.2014.929091

Gamlin, J. B. (2013). Pesticides, maternal and child health: experience and the construction of knowledge among the Huichol (Doctoral dissertation). University College London.

Gamlin, J. B. (2013). Shame as a barrier to health seeking among indigenous Huichol migrant labourers: an interpretive approach of the "Violence Continuum" and "Authoritative Knowledge”. Social Science and Medicine, 97 (97), 75-81.

Gamlin, J. B., Camacho,, A., Ong, M., & Hesketh, T. (2013). ‘Is child domestic work a worst form of child labour?’. Children's Geographies.

Hesketh, T., Gamlin, J., Ong, M., & Camacho, A. Z. (2012). The psychosocial impact of child domestic work: a study from India and the Philippines. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 97 (9), 773-778.

Gamlin, J. B. (2011). “ My eyes are red from looking and looking ”: Mexican working children's perspectives of how tobacco labour affects their bodies. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 6 (4), 339-345. doi:10.1080/17450128.2011.635222

Gamlin, J., & Pastor, M. E. (2009). Child labour in Latin America: theory, policy, practice. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 29 (3/4), 118-129. doi:10.1108/01443330910947499

Gamlin, J. B., & Hesketh, T. (2007). Children, Youth and Environments 17(4), 2007 Child Work in Agriculture: Acute and Chronic Health Hazards. Children, Youth and Environments, 17 (11).

Gamlin, J., Diaz-Romo P, H., & T. (2007). Exposure of young children working on Mexican tobacco plantations to organosphosphate and carbamic pesticides indicated by cholinesterase depression. Child: Care, Health and Development, 33 (3), 246-248.

Hesketh, T., Gamlin, J., & Woodhead, M. (2006). Policy in child labour. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 91 (9), 721-723. doi:10.1136/adc.2006.096263